Well....the first part did. I hit a brick wall in September where a number of events within the space of a week turned my life upside down and back to front (and not in the fun rollercoaster way).
I am not the sort of person to talk about 'negative' feelings, I don't often cry and I keep the things that mean a lot to me very close to my chest. I don't like to think of people watching or judging me, I admire people who can be more open when they are feeling low - I'd probably cause myself a lot less trouble if I just opened up.
I spoke to only a handful of people about September's series of events and how they were effecting me and I thank those people for their support, time and understanding (you know who you are). By mid October and a 'Ctrl-Alt-Del' later things were looking up again and following Hex's season and successful mating the world started wizzing by again. Now I'm in a new house with my long suffering boyfriend (of nearly 8 years) with my furry family and little furry cupcakes on the way. I am VERY happy... but am wary that things can NOT possibly continue to go that well for me so I am watching my steps and my back!
As a club, we are really growing in members and in abilities and achievements. At the Christmas Meal we reflected on the highlights of 2011; it really has been a good year for us and the compliments I have had from people on my members handling, enthusiasm, helpfulness ringside and the general vibe we give off has been fantastic and as I said at the meal; all reflects well on ME, so thank you : )
I am really looking forward to seeing the 'class of 2011', continue to grow and achieve and the 'class of 2012' make their debuts.
I have decided this year to cut back on the amount of shows I do and stick to the ones I enjoy. I hope to have Hex back in action by Mid-End of May and want to ensure that we have FUN! I am also doing more judging this year, I usually do one or two appointments a year, I have taken on more with a mind to raise our profile, cut my costs and give back to the sport, especially as I know that with the new KC ruling on judging family members, shows are going to find it more difficult to cover some classes.
So that's what I 'm up to this year. But what will you be up to? Set yourself some goals, they don't have to be big, just think about what's important to you for example my goals are:
- To take Stitch to Champ level
- Qualify Stitch for a Semi &/or Final
- Bring Hex back up to full fitness by mid year and start where we left off
- To have more fun and put less pressure on myself at shows
If there is a goal you would like to discuss with me, if you would like help setting your goals, just let me know. I am here to help.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and a fun and successful 2012.
I will leave you with some pictures of the Christmas meal taken by Anthony (Thanks Ant):